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Old 08-17-2011, 04:44 AM   #1
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Asus eee 4g surf linux


good morning everyone, I am new on here, I have recently purchased a asus eee 4g surf, this has been fully formated with thr original xandros linux installed.

I am haveing a problem ,that all of the software is out of date, such as the firefox, flash player, ect.

for some reason the system lets me download but I cannot open them

can anyone help
 
Old 08-17-2011, 05:53 AM   #2
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You need to install a more modern version of linux.

Lots of information & suggestions here:
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/
http://forum.eeeuser.com/

I have ubuntu 10.04 running on my 4G eee701, with an additional 16GB SD card.
 
Old 08-17-2011, 06:06 AM   #3
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Thank you for the reply, I am not an expert by any means, is it an easy process to upgrade the operating system? and will I be able to load it onto the origianl 4gb hard drive?
 
Old 08-17-2011, 11:49 AM   #4
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You can't "upgrade" the original xandros OS, because it is too old.

You can install a newer version of linux.
Small distros like Damn Small Linux or puppy should fit easily.
Ubuntu netbook remix (10.04 has long-term-support, 11.04 is the "latest") might be worth looking at.

For ubuntu with gnome and a lot of other stuff, I needed an extra 1GB, so I now have 15GB available for /home once I added a 16MB SD card.

For different linux distros see http://distrowatch.com

For eee-related stuff, see the links I gave you in post #2

Installation of linux is not difficult. As the eee doesn't have a CD rom, you'll have to boot the installer from a USB stick
 
Old 09-20-2011, 12:35 PM   #5
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bige16,

What did you do?

Did you install a new OS? ... Which one?
 
Old 09-20-2011, 03:58 PM   #6
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I had a 2g surf and was able to install a full version of linux just fine. For your purposes you will probably do best with a light weight version of linux since the EEEPC surf series has very different hardware than any other netbook out there. I suggest that you use a usb thumbdrive or a usb disk drive to install the OS . You can create a bootable USB drive with any Linux ISO you want using unetbootin . I also suggest purchasing an 8gb SD card and having linux mount that up strictly for your files. You will quickly run out of space with the 4gb drive.. Also you have to be careful as the drive in the EEEPC 2G and 4G surfs are solid state and shouldn't be written too as much as a regular OS does so do NOT create a swap partition, just let it use the ram. I suggest using Lubuntu , Crunchbang , or if your up for the challenge Archbang. All of these use a lightweight low resource window managers like LXDE or Openbox. You could make the jump up to EasyPeasy if you make sure to keep the software installs to a minimal after that . I've had full desktop installs in under 1.5gb with Crunchbang. The only thing that you will notices is how small the screen is, thats why you may want to go to EasyPeasy as it uses the Ubuntu netbook interface which maximizes your small screen size.
 
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